The spectacular Adelaide food, wine, beer and spirits festival, Cellar Door Fest is celebrating a special birthday and we’ve pinpointed what you need to check out, when you’re perusing this weekend.
Cellar Door Fest has reached a decade of bringing the best of SA regions to the Adelaide Convention Centre.
From Friday 7 all the way ’til Sunday 9 February, attendees will have the opportunity to meet, taste and discover more than 170 wineries, breweries, distilleries and food producers from across 15 South Australian regions, in addition to supporting producers impacted by the recent devastating bushfires.
To help celebrate Cellar Door Fest’s special milestone and assist you in navigating your way around the Fest, we’ve collated some of our top tips and must sees.
Our number one tip – if you’re yet to secure tickets, grab a group of friends, clear your weekend and book today at www.cellardoorfestival.com. This is one event you don’t want to miss!
This year, Cellar Door Fest is teaming up with the South Australian community to support producers and growers impacted by the recent devastating bushfires in Kangaroo Island and the Adelaide Hills.
As part of this support, they’re selling their popular Cellar Door Fest wine glass holders for $10 each from the CDF Shop onsite at the Fest, with 100 percent of proceeds supporting the Adelaide Hills Wine Region Fire Appeal and the Kangaroo Island Mayoral Relief and Recovery Bushfire Fund.
In addition, Friday’s session features a special Silent Auction, from which 100% of proceeds will also be shared between these two funds.
At the festival’s main seating area and running from 5pm – 8.30pm on Friday, they’ll be auctioning items such as a bottle of Penfolds Grange; tickets to Michael Bublé’s upcoming Adelaide show; a John Eales 2003 Rugby World Cup Framed Jersey; a Holy Grail Vineyard Experience for six people at Two Hands in the Barossa Valley, and much, much more.
Alongside this, there’ll be a dedicated ‘Bushfire Relief Market’ – a zone showcasing producers directly impacted by the recent fires in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island, and providing them with a free platform to sell their wares.
Set up in the Foyer area, this zone features such brands as Anderson Hill; Art Wine; Barristers Block; Golding; Henschke; Woodside Cheese Wrights; Nova Vita Wines; Petaluma Wines; Udder Delights and Turon Wines from the Adelaide Hills, along with Dudley Wines, KI Spirits, Kangaroo Island Brewery, Kangaroo Island Fresh Garlic and The Islander Estate from Kangaroo Island. The Adelaide Hills’ Tomich Wines and New Era Vineyards will also be in attendance at the Festival.
In addition to a host of amazing SA producers, South Australian celebrity guest chefs, Adam Liaw and Callum Hann and long-time Cellar Door Fest ambassador, Jessie Spiby, are also joining this weekend’s 10th birthday celebrations. Together, they’ve crafted an exquisite four-course degustation dinner – CELLAR DOOR FEAST– which will kick off the Festival in style on Friday night.
On Saturday, Adam and Callum will team together for the Fest’s ‘Best of SA’ long table lunch. While both of the long table dining events are sold out (as is Sunday’s Hentley Farm long table lunch), you’ll have opportunity to meet Adam, Callum and Jessie via a series of live cooking demos running across the weekend from the ‘Jessie’s Kitchen’ stage by the Fest’s main entrance.
Cellar Door Fest’s popular ‘Emerging Winemakers’ zone will be much larger this year, transforming to the ‘Emerging Producers’ zone. In addition to new wineries and their winemakers, there’ll be gin, kimchi, kombucha, native Australian foods and more .
While there be sure to say hi to our friends from Hey Diddle Wines, a new winery launched last year by Port Adelaide Football Club players Tom Jonas and Brad Ebert, who will also be exhibiting in this area, as well as contributing a signed bottle of their wine to the Silent Auction.
Hosted by the pick of the bunch from South Australia’s best of Wine Tourism Awards, the Great Wine Capitals Discovery Space is even bigger at this year’s Fest and will be home to some of our State’s most prominent labels.
In addition to offering tastings and great wine conversation, guests will be able to heighten their Festival experience with an exclusive wine masterclass presented by iconic South Australian brands including d’Arenberg; Penfolds; Henschke; St Hugo; and Seppeltsfield. There’s still a limited number of tickets available to these masterclasses but they’re selling fast.
New in 2020, this zone shines a spotlight on some of our favourite South Australian cheese producers, while also playing host to a delicious series of cheese masterclasses.
If you’re on the lookout for some cheesy goodness, be sure to pay the team from The Smelly Cheese a visit, who will be serving up their famous Section28 raclette, or opt for a delicious Woodside Cheese Wrights’ cheese plate or grilled halloumi from The Barossa Valley Cheese Co.
One for the beer lovers – the Wintulichs Beer Garden has been revamped for this year, featuring a host of exciting newcomers and fabulous SA brews.
We also suggest you keep an eye (or ear!) out for the following over the weekend:
- The music! No party would be complete without music! One of Adelaide’s hottest DJs, Ruby Chew, is confirmed to provide the soundtrack for your tasting journey across all three days of this weekend’s Fest.
- The Festival’s Distillery zone is another fan favourite and popular spot, showcasing some of the best of SA’s vibrant distillery scene. Some producers are even joining in the Fest’s birthday fun by offering a special birthday cocktail! Prohibition Liquor Co, Never Never Distilling Co, Seppeltsfield Road Distillers and Threefold Distilling are all among those serving up a range of celebratory drinks to mark 10 years of Cellar Door Fest – be sure to check them out!
- Don’t miss Prohibition Liquor Co’s ‘The Bloody Sicilian’, a delicious and refreshing concoction comprising their Original Gin with Capi Blood Orange and Amaro, garnished with mint.
- Food glorious food. No Cellar Door Fest experience is complete without food. In addition to items mentioned above, CDF will also have a range of food outlets serving up tasty items from tacos and toasties to baked potatoes.
Cellar Door Fest kicks off THIS Friday 7 February and carries on throughout the weekend ’til Sunday 9 February.
Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased from the Cellar Door Fest website here: https://cellardoorfestival.com/